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Bears legend died after wandering unsupervised at care facility

Hall-of-Famer George McAfee, who played running back for the Chicago Bears in the 1940-1941 season and then again between 1945 and 1950, died in 2009 while in the care of an assisted living facility in Atlanta. The four-time NFL champion, aged 91, had developed dementia, and the assisted living home now stands accused of allowing him to wander the facility unsupervised. Tragically, that wandering led directly to his death.

Violations found in Champaign County nursing home

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Campaign-Urban a Public Health District have found numerous violations in the Campaign County Nursing Home, The News-Gazette has reported. Violations mainly involved the kitchen and meals provided to residents. Violations included an unsanitary kitchen, a refrigerator that did not cool food safely and a lack of nutritional food for residents.

Bed rails for elderly, their risks long known, face relative lack of scrutiny

When the nurse entered the room, she was stunned. Before her lay the lifeless body of an elderly patient who had fallen out of bed. The woman's head was lodged between the mattress and a bed rail, a device designed to increase mobility and independence.

Illinois nursing homes - annual inspections by Illinois Department of Public Health

If you are currently faced with placing a family member or loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility, it is important to get as much information as you can about the facility. This can be particularly challenging when the need for such a facility is sudden or unexpected. When you entrust your loved one to the care of a nursing home or long-term care facility you expect that your loved one will be treated with dignity and respect in a safe environment.

Chicago nursing home resident found dead by former Cubs player

Kerry Wood is well-known among Illinois sports fans as a former pitcher for the Cubs. Although some of Wood's most memorable moments came on the baseball diamond, the ex-athlete isn't likely to forget a recent occurrence: He discovered the body of a Chicago man who may have been the subject of nursing home neglect.

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